Kenny: Benitez knows exactly what the 'Scousers want' after 'massive' Everton reveal
Everton have been “out of this world” since Rafael Benitez took the reins.
So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Benitez’ start to life at Goodison Park.
The Toffees, who spent less than £2million in the summer, are currently in 5th place in the Premier League with 14 points after seven matches.
Benitez’ appointment was controversial due to his six-year affiliation with Liverpool that ended in 2010.
But the 61-year-old appears to have won over Evertonians with both results on the pitch and his rhetoric off it.
“The Scousers are happy because they are seeing the players fighting on the pitch,” he was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying on 5 October.
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The fact that the Spaniard understands the culture of the city and its people is “massive”, insists Kenny.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It’s been difficult moving from Liverpool, even if it was about 10 years ago.
“We all know what that rivalry’s like. But they have been out of this world so far. He knows the city and the people, which is massive.
“If I was an Everton fan, I wouldn’t be bothered who was the manager as longs as they got us near that top six.
“But you can see the fight on the pitch and they got a great point at Man United last time out. That’s what the Scousers want.
“They looked a really, really good, solid, counter-attacking side. Benitez has worked wonders.”